Belly Dance for Beginners at Westside Yoga


Belly Dance is a fun way to release stress, increase body awareness, build core strength, and enhance energy flow. Join Yeshe at Westside Yoga on Fridays at 5:45 to shimmy away the stress of the week and tap in to your inner goddess!

Westside Yoga is located next to Natural Medical Care near Bob Billings and Wakarusa.

Fall/Winter Belly Dance Class Schedule:

September 7 & 14—Posture Pointers & Warm-Up Sequence: Instructor will offer tips on keeping healthy posture through dance. Using basic bellydance movements, students will identify and mobilize the muscles most commonly used in bellydance.

September 21 & 28—Isolations: Ribs 'n Hips: Here, we delve more deeply into the basic movements, now creating healing and eye-catching isolations of the ribs and hips.

October 5 & 12—Fancy Feet & Traveling Steps: Students will take those isolations for a stroll! Students will layer torso movements with traveling steps, to create an even more dynamic expression of dance.

October 19 & 26—All About Arms: We'll discover how simple arm movements and poses can be the artful framework to your basic body movements, for a beautiful and powerful effect.

November 2 & 9—Playing with Props, Part I: The Allure of Dancing with Veils: Learn how fun and exciting it is to dance with a veil floating and swirling about you! Every dancer should try this, at least once.

November 16—Special Class!...Body Conditioning, for Bellydance Visit from The Costume Contessa!

*November 17—WORKSHOP: The Truth About Back-Bends

November 23 & 30—Playing with Props, Part II: The Basics of Balancing: In this class, we put your good posture into practice, as we challenge ourselves, while building on our basic bellydance movements.

December 7 & 14—Playing with Props, Part III: The Magic of Zils: The dynamic effect of personal percussion while dancing is a wonderful sight to see...and so empowering to perform! Even the most basic beginning bellydancer can learn to accompany her/his self musically with zils.

December 21—HAFLA!: Featuring, Sister Circle Bellydance: Hafla is the Arabic word for “Party”! This last class of the session is marked with a bellydance potluck and Sister Circle performance (“sister circle” means, dancing with and for one another, while sitting in a circle supporting and enjoying one another's company). This is your opportunity to bring together everything that you have learned and take it for a spin on the floor! Feel free to leave your fears aside, your sisters in dance will be here to support and encourage you.

Event details:

  • Ongoing until Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Fridays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Westside Yoga, 4935 Research Park Way, Lawrence KS
  • Cost: $12 - $15
  • Age limit: All ages


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